Monday, February 14, 2011

What a Beautiful Valentine’s Day!

It feels like love outside today!  It is warm and gorgeous and the perfect day to put all of our Valentine’s Day preparations into action.

We spent this weekend putting together special Valentines for Dallin and Mandy classes:

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Layton even helped out a little too.  Except he made all of his Valentine’s for himself ONLY.

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Mandy had a blast decorating her sweet little box to put all her sweets in.

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And of course, it isn’t truly Valentine’s Day without sugar cookies (at least not at our house :)).  We made a ton of them for both Mandy’s class and Dallin’s class.

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P.S.  These are the best sugar cookies EVER!  The secret:  REAL butter and self-rising flour.  They always turn out perfect and unlike many other sugar cookies they actually TASTE great! 

Sugar Cookies
2/3 cup salted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
1 TBSP milk
2 cups self rising flour
Cream butter and sugar.  Stir in egg, vanilla, and milk.  Fold in self rising flour.  Do not over mix or the cookies will be cakey.  Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.  Generously flour a working surface and roll out the dough.  Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters.  Bake at 350 for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges begin to look slightly browned.  Allow to cool and decorate!  My favorite icing for decorating cookies is 1/2 cup butter, 1 box powdered sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, and then add water by the tablespoon until the icing is the desired consistency.  Super easy!

6 comments:

Casey Gentle said...

Well better late than never...my mom and I spent 4 hours rolling, cutting, baking, cooling and decorating last night. But she used the dry pkg cookie mix. Glad to know you've got me covered next time. :)
They look awesome, as usual. :)

Cassie said...

I'm not sure why Casey and Mom got to roll, cut, bake, cool and decorate last night and I had no idea about it but this isn't the Gullett Girls blog.... My mom LOVES sugar cookies. Maybe Casey and I should make her these and deliver them tonight! Thanks for the recipe.

Katheryn said...

Am I sensing some sibling rivalry here??? If you guys want to try one to prove their goodness, I still have about dozen left sitting in the kitchen! Just stop on by!

Kelly said...

ooooo those cookies look good I could go for a few right now! Looks like you had fun. love all the valentines.. they are always such a process to make valentines for all the kids..
Happy Valentines day! We LOVE YOU

Stacy said...

I can't believe they are that easy; your sugar cookies are seriously the best I've ever tasted! Now I've got to find some time to make them amongst life with these kids!

Nana said...

I have to agree with Stacy. They are so yummy.